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Fly (Hoverfly) Metallic blue (Helophilus hochstetteri)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Helophilus
Species: H. seelandicus
Binomial name: Helophilus hochstetteri
Common name: Metallic blue hoverfly

Helophilus hochstetteri is a native, pollen feeding hoverfly of New Zealand.
Helophilus hochstetteri is often seen on flowers of many species ingesting anemophilous pollen. The pollen grains are essential to normal ovarial function (Schneider 1969) are digested in the gut.


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